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    Playing time no longer an issue as Mark Caguioa thrives in off-the-bench role

    May 26, 2017
    Former league MVP Mark Caguioa thrives in off-the-bench role for Ginebra. Jaime Campos

    BINAN, Laguna - Mark Caguioa proved to be the energizer Ginebra needed on Friday night as he came off the bench to spark the Kings to a 96-82 rout of Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Alonte Sports Complex.

    The former league MVP was tapped by coach Tim Cone at the height of an Elite scoring run in the third period to help stabilize the Kings.

    Once they got their rythm going, there was no stopping the league's most popular ballclub from notching their seventh win in nine games for solo second place.

    Caguioa finished with eight points, including six in the final quarter when Ginebra finally ripped the game open.

    "I just tried to help my teammates, give them more energy. Just to bring energy to the game, and hopefully, mahawaan yung iba," said Caguioa.

    "That's what I try to do coming off the bench."

    [See Brownlee, Tenorio provide energy as Ginebra shakes off pesky Blackwater]

    Although he ended up shooting 4-of-12 ftom the field, the veteran guard suited up for 20 minutes, more than half of it in the second half.

    But Caguioa stressed he's no longer worried about playing minutes.

    "The only thing I worriy about is if the team is lacking defense or energy. That's what I'm worried about," he said.

    At the same time, he credited sophomore teammate Aljon Mariano for helping provide support off the bench.

    "Ganun nga nangyari. Same thing with AJ. Ganun ang ginagawa namin, people off the bench."

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    The Kings will next face the Meralco Bolts on Sunday in a game whose outcome will play a major factor in the team's bid to finish in the Top 2 heading to the playoffs.

    Caguioa is looking forward to the tough match-up, but is ready to provide a lift anew to the Kings off the bench.

    "It's gonna be a hard game, so we just have to be ready," he stressed.

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